Kenyan agency plans big cold chain facility in East Africa

A leading Kenyan warehouse and logistics service provider Cold Solutions, says it’ll invest USD 70 million to construct the biggest cold chain facility in East Africa to deal with challenges that face transportation of perishable items.
Cold Solution’s 15,000 sqm flagship facility in Tatu City Special Economic Zone in Nairobi will be the largest, most superior and environment friendly in the region. The chilly chain facility is flexibly designed to cater for quite a few temperature ranges from +26 to -40 C and a quantity of product ranges, from recent fruit and vegetables, to prescribed drugs and vaccines, meats and poultry, and frozen foods.
Cold Solutions Kenya is a portfolio firm of ARCH Cold Chain Solutions East Africa Fund, a private equity fund advised by ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited (ARCH).
“Cold Solutions’ one-stop-shops are designed to permit companies to maintain observe of merchandise in real-time and facilitate transportation across East Africa through temperature-controlled vehicles, either inside the inner metropolis or to long-haul destinations,” mentioned Jared Irving, Managing Director, ARCH.
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The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that over 40% of food in Sub-Saharan Africa perishes before it reaches a consumer. This can be as excessive as 60% for contemporary produce in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Chris Barron, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s proprietor and developer, says, “We are delighted to welcome Cold Solutions’ transformational chilly storage complicated to Tatu Industrial Park, which is house to more than 50 Kenyan, East African and multi-national businesses constructing best-in-class amenities in Kenya’s first operational Special Economic Zone.”
Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use growth with homes, colleges, places of work, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport and entertainment advanced, and manufacturing area for more than 150,000 residents and tens of 1000’s of day guests. Schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of homes suits all incomes. Tatu City represents a new way of living and pondering for all Kenyans, creating a novel stay, work and play setting that’s free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting.

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